Tuesday, May 3, 2016

I'm Back!!!

You may have noticed that I've been missing for close to three months. Not the file-a-police-report kind of missing, but the kind of missing where you don't post in your blog, update your homepage, log into Facebook, or send a single Tweet. I took a social networks break. I pretty much stayed on my own desert island, totally disconnected from the online world.

Keep in mind that I also disconnected from my daily dose of news and drama. Friends that I usually interacted with on a daily basis, did not hear from me for two months. My books just sat there not being promoted. My homepage did not get a single update. I ignored my review groups. I stopped tweeting!


Why would any moderately sane human being do this? I can't speak for any moderately sane human being, but I can tell you that I did it because I wanted to retain a modicum of sanity. I can not express how stressful this online world can get. All I can say is that for a while there, I lost all perspective. I found myself totally consumed by my online activities. The things I really needed to do, took a very distant back seat.


Just re-tweeting took hours, and you have to re-tweet because it is considered absolutely rude if you don't re-tweet for people who did you the honor. I spent hours on a daily basis writing blog entries for blogging round-abouts. I was reading and writing reviews for my Goodreads groups, for my Facebook groups, and beta reading for other authors.


I was taking part in book release parties, researching promo sites, putting together landing pages, mailing lists, trying out different email providers, and writing my own blog and maintaining my homepage. Then, some bit of drama would break out in Facebook, and the addictive discussions and back and forth messaging would start. 

I had to remind myself that the reason I first joined the social networks and all those activities was to help promote my books, to learn from others, and to find real answers and solutions to the obstacles I face as a self-published author. The result: I was seldom writing. 


I had to disconnect and regain my focus. I also had to regain my trust in my instincts as an author. I have realized that a great deal of the advice given out there is just plain opinion and often misguided.  


So, I am back. My blog has been simplified. My focus is my own work. My next novel, a paranormal romance, is finished. It is my first venture into the genre. Another novel is half done; it is the prequel to my Daniel's Fork series, and my goal is to have it ready for publishing in the next three months.


Did the world come to an end because I disconnected? Hardly. Most of my online friends are glad I'm back. Some said they missed me, and in truth, I missed them too.      


      




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